ROOT Gaming win BTS Americas after 110 minute final game
ROOT Gaming have beaten Summer's Rift in a 3-1 series to win the Beyond the Summit Americas tournament, claiming a $4,500 prize. They came through the the bottom half of the bracket, beating TI5 wildcard Team Archon in the process. Notably, Summer's Rift beat TI5 qualifier and tournament favourite CompLexity Gaming to secure their spot in the best of 5 grand final.
ROOT Gaming took game 1 in a convincing fashion by not allowing Brax's Shadow Fiend to get of the ground. Similarly, Demon's Bounty Hunter failed to secure an advantage in the early game, while Moo's offlane Tusk made plays around the map by finding a quick Blink Dagger and plenty of kills.
As a result, game 2 saw Summer's Rift actually first ban Tusk against their opponents. They then picked up a support Naga Siren, Distruptor, Magnus and Anti-Mage. Although they had plenty of wombo-combo to go for huge team fights, Summer's Rift fell short repeatedly by just missing out on near team wipes. Fortunately, Yawaar put the team and the game on his shoulders to keep Summer's Rift in the series.
There was an interesting series of mind games happening in the draft of game 3, as ROOT picked up an early Zeus pick, which prompted quick Bloodseeker and Techies bans. Summer's Rift had played a very similar lineup to that against CompLexity, so looked like they had a read on the enemy's drafting. However, what started with a first pick Queen of Pain into a Phantom Lancer from Summer's Rift turned into a very effective counter line up from ROOT. They had perfect control that they lacked in the last game, which was now provided by Earthshaker and Skywrath Mage. Phantom Lancer's farm never really took off and ROOT took a solid win.
Facing match point, Summer's Rift were against the wall. They drafted a core Naga this time for Yawaar and the trusted Disruptor for Whitebeard to set up for team fight plays. Everyone expects a passive and often lengthy game when a core Naga is present, but this went above and beyond. The game lasted 110 minutes with the Naga breaking the previously held networth record, Fluff's Jakiro managing to outfarm Brax's core Razor and the game overloading from the amount of data to load:
Finally , ROOT Gaming managed to secure the mega creeps they had been working on for over 30 minutes. The game was intense throughout and could have genuinely gone to either side. However, it was eventually a steady decline for the side of Summer's Rift. They weren't able to take a fight convincingly to barrell down a lane and take the throne.
With that Summer's Rift take second place in the tournament, winning $2,750. The full prize pool distribution is as follows:
1st - ROOT Gaming - $4,500
2nd - Summer's Rift - $2,750
3rd/4th - Team Archon/CompLexity Gaming - $1,000